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in the name of (someone or something)

1. Based on the authority of someone or something. We proclaim these things in the name of God. In the name of King John, I command you to halt.
2. With someone or something as a basis, reason, or motivation. They're releasing the documents in the name of transparency, but I don't think anyone is really interested in them. How many people have been killed in the name of religion?
See also: name, of

in the name of

1. By the authority of, as in Open up, in the name of the law! [Late 1300s]
2. On behalf of, as in She made a donation in her daughter's name. [Late 1300s]
3. in God's or heaven's name ; in the name of God or heaven . With appeal to, as in In the name of God, stop that noise! or What in heaven's name are you doing? [c. a.d. 900]
4. Under the designation of, as in They burned witches at the stake in the name of piety. [Late 1300s]
5. Under the possession or ownership of, as in The certificate of ownership was rightfully in my name. [Mid-1900s]
6. in one's own name. On one's own behalf, as in Mary signed the check for John in her own name. [Late 1800s]
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in the name of ˈsb/ˈsth


in somebody’s/something’s ˈname

1 using the authority of somebody/something; as a representative of somebody/something: I arrest you in the name of the law.
2 used to give a reason or an excuse for doing something, often when what you are doing is wrong: new laws introduced in the name of national security
3 for somebody; showing that something officially belongs to somebody: The reservation was made in the name of Brown.The car is registered in my name.
See also: name, of, Sb, sth

in the name of

1. By the authority of: Open up in the name of the law!
2. For the reason of; using as a reason: grisly experiments performed in the name of science.
See also: name, of
References in classic literature ?
In heaven's name, man, cried Stubb, are you ramming home a cartridge there?
In Heaven's name, she is so good, so gentle and pure, that your mind, so perfect in its penetration, ought to appreciate her accordingly.
What in heaven's name was he dreaming of--what in heaven's name did he hear?
In Heaven's name," cried I, "can you find no reputable life on shore?
Who, in Heaven's name, can have thought of such a thing, when M.
on the other hand, how in Heaven's name could I give up my grand enterprise at the very time when even wise and prudent Mr.
Go, sir," replied the tutor; "but in Heaven's name do not expose yourself to danger
Let him, in Heaven's name," returned Clara; and not to hear him she stopped both ears with her hands, at which Dorothea was again surprised; but turning her attention to the song she found that it ran in this fashion:
you so clever, so cultivated, so refined--what, in Heaven's name, could
In Heaven's name,'' said he, ``to what purpose serve these abridged cloaks?
It is possible, but if you are not the son of John Clayton then how in heaven's name did you come into that God forsaken jungle where no white man other than John Clayton had ever set foot?
Why, in Heaven's name, this was the quickest thing in the amatory annals of civilization
Do me the favour, my dear young lady, to leave entirely out of the question that goodness and benevolence of which you speak, and of which nobody else knows anything; and if you have it in your power to produce any evidence which will alter the unfavourable opinion I was once induced to entertain of that poor child, in Heaven's name put me in possession of it.
Why in Heaven's name couldn't you tell me so before?
Dry your eyes and make yourself agreeable, in Heaven's name, and let us all be happy while we can.